Over 83 weeks (yes, eighty-three!), you will read some lessons I’ve learned in my richly rewarding 40-year journey in fundraising. There are bits and pieces about our profession and what skills and attributes make a great fundraiser. I also write about what motivates a person to make a gift to your organization.

There is some wisdom, perhaps.  Years of experience, for certain. A great deal for you to think about.  And suggestions for you to put into practice.

Forty years! You may well ask whether what I write about is relevant for the mind, heart, and spirit of today’s men and women. You bet it is!

What follows are some thoughts I have about fundraising and philanthropy for today’s organizations. The material is relevant. Certainly thought-provoking.  And, I hope, a bit helpful.

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Thought #76 - Make Your Board Request Compelling and Urgent

I talked with dozens of men and women who were asked to serve on a board. They declined. I asked why.

Thought #75 - The Joy and Reward of Fundraising

The successful fundraisers love calling on people. It’s in their DNA.

Thought #74 - Fundraisers Need Boundless Energy

To be successful in our work, it takes great energy. There must be vigor and vitality that is undeniable and indefatigable. The successful fundraisers seem to be able to endure a staggering workload, hour after joyous hour.

Thought #73 - Decisions Determine Resources

For a truly effective board, resources don’t determine decisions. Decisions determine resources.

Thought #72 - Finding Time is Essential

There’s never enough time. Never! I know that to be true.

Thought #71 - Abandon Yourself with Passion

Your fundraising experience ought to be a journey of action and adventure. Apathy is the deadly sin. To be successful in your work, you must abandon yourself to your passion.

Thought #70 - Fervor and Dedication

Board members must bring fervor and dedication to their position. A board member with a passion is the difference between flying or just flapping your wings.

Thought #69 - Brave the Unexplored

The board must be willing to brave the unexplored— to attempt the unthinkable. The challenge! You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.